Swainson's aka the Chestnut Mandible Toucan (Ramphastos
Swainsonii) is the second largest of the toucans,
weighing in at 600 grams, with a beak length reaching eight inches.
The Swainson's toucan is a native of Central America ranging from
southern Honduras south to northern Colombia, where it is fairly
common in the wild. Visitors to Costa Rica will readily encounter
this bird, which is known to frequent areas inhabited by man.
This species has been observed in the trees above the streets
of Golfito, nestled on the southwestern coast of Costa Rica, where
the rainforest literally reaches the edge of town. Listen to the
Swainson' s toucans are fairly common in captivity,
and make excellent display birds for zoos, and intelligent, playful
pet or aviary birds. They are relatively easy to breed, very hardy,
and easy to manage.
Swainson's Toucans are second only to Tocos in their
calm nature and easy manner. Their great intelligence lends them
to easy training and they may be taught a variety of tricks including
playing catch, mid air somersaults, and free flying Swainson's
can be potty trained to only go in their cage. They love to play
with toys and will entertain you for hours with their antics.
They are very affectionate and will cuddle in your lap, making
a soft purring sound as they are petted.
Swainson's are long lived toucans living to 25 years or more,
when properly cared for. Their diet is the most important aspect
of care, and if diet instructions on our care sheet are followed,
you will enjoy your bird for a very long time
First captive breeding May 22, 1990; Jerry Jennings.
CITES status: not listed.